The METG is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 festival program: METG Together.

This festival will be a joint Middle School and High School Division event, taking place over the weekend of May 20-23, 2021. Over the course of four days, we'll gather together-- both in-person and in the virtual world-- to celebrate and champion theater and the work of talented artists, actors, designers, directors, and educators across the Commonwealth. METG Together will not be our standard one-act festival, but rather a celebration of the many traditional and non-traditional styles of theater, structures of performance, and diversity of genres.

Member schools will be allowed to participate in METG Together in two ways:

(1) Participants will be able to submit a recording of their production- either filmed from a physical space or recorded over a virtual medium (e.g., Zoom); and/or

(2) Participants will be able to perform their submission(s) in an in-person, outdoor, socially-distant festival venue.

Throughout the festival, we will alternate broadcasting live performances from our in-person, outdoor venue with the pre-recorded content. Regardless of whether a school chooses to participate in-person or virtually, they will have the option of submitting one-act productions, ten-minute shows, or a "fringe" category for alternative performance styles (e.g. movement work, slam poetry, etc.).

We recognize that, at this moment, public health regulation would prohibit us from producing an in-person festival. We are hopeful that a reduction in the incidence of new cases and an increase in vaccine rates will enable the Governor to relax restrictions on sizes of outdoor gatherings. We will closely monitor the situation in collaboration with state and local health officials; a final decision about the status of the in-person component will be announced by mid-April. Should we be forced to cancel the in-person component, we will encourage schools that opted to perform in-person to present their submission via the virtual option.

We're doing our best to meet our members where they're currently at by blending together work that takes many shapes and forms. Whether through virtual submission or participation in an in-person festival, all schools will have the opportunity to share their work, participate in sessions with adjudicators, receive evaluations, and have excellence recognized. We understand that providing opportunities for recognition is paramount during these prolonged shutdowns.

We also intend to build in opportunities for the engagement of students through virtual settings to discuss the productions.

We know that many of our schools have chosen to honor traditional production calendars and are proceeding with rehearsing and performing their one-acts during the usual March (HS) and April (MS) timeframe. To be fair to those who are already proceeding and to those that have been waiting for our guidance, we will begin accepting submissions as soon as the end of March. In the time between March and the actual festival weekend, schools that want feedback sessions will have time scheduled with our adjudicators for a virtual feedback session and will be awarded all-star company awards. We are considering other types of evaluative/competitive measures as well, but are not yet final on what that will look like.

We know you will likely have many questions and will require additional information. We will be holding two Town Halls for our directors: the High School Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30PM and the Middle School Town Hall will be held on Thursday, February 25th at 6:30PM. Member Directors - we will be emailing you all the links to these Town Halls.

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